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Haryana Roadways strike continues, govt reaches out to unions

The employees are protesting a new transport policy under which the government is mulling giving permits to ply 3,519 private buses

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Commuters in Haryana continued to face a difficult time on the second day of the strike by state Roadways employees, who are protesting a new transport policy under which the government is mulling giving permits to ply 3,519 private buses.

The Haryana Roadways bus services remained affected on most routes throughout the state due to the two-day strike, which started yesterday, even though buses belonging to private operators and of other state Roadways, including Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, were plying normally throughout Haryana.

However, in view of the inconvenience caused to the public, the government has made alternative arrangements and issued temporary permits to private bus and maxi cab operators, a senior official said.

Principal Secretary (Transport Department), R R Jowel told PTI today that the government has called the leaders of the striking employees for talks here in the afternoon.

"We are hopeful that the strike will be withdrawn by the employees soon," Jowel said.

The strike call had been given by two major employees unions - Sarv Karamchari Sangh and Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh.

Earlier, Haryana Roadways Employees Union President, Dalbir Kirmara had said the unions were opposing the government move to give permits to ply 3,519 private buses under the new transport policy apart from other demands.

First Published: Thu, November 14 2013. 13:20 IST
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